Promotores/Community Health Workers
reach 4422 in 3 “Rebuild Houston-Restore Lives” Recovery Fairs

September 18, 2017 HOUSTON, TEXAS — Dia de la Mujer Latina (DML), and the Houston Health Department have joined forces to provide food, clothing, supplies, and computer assistance for FEMA disaster relief in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner for many of our racial and ethnic minority populations disproportionately affected by Hurricane Harvey.

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Dia de la Mujer Latina® celebrates Hispanic/Latino Heritage with a Health Fiesta and a Special Recognition from President Obama

September 16, 2016, HOUSTON, TEXAS — Dia de la Mujer Latina® (DML) launches the celebration of Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month with a statewide conference for Promotores/Community Health Workers on September 30th in addition to our signature health fiesta for the whole family on October 1 at San José Clinic.

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June 3, 2016, HOUSTON, TEXAS — Dia de la Mujer Latina, Univision Houston, and City of Houston joined forces to raise awareness about the Zika virus on June 23rd with a focus on prevention at its Fiesta de Salud event in Magnolia Multiservice Center, 7037 Capitol Street, Houston. Mayor Sylvester Turner has issued a Proclamation stating June 23, 2016 as Zika Awareness Day for the City of Houston.

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Living with LUPUS

May 31, 2016, HOUSTON, TEXAS — Dia de la Mujer Latina, in partnership with The American College of Rheumatology have joined forces to raise awareness about Lupus with a mission to eliminate lupus related health disparities among racial and ethnic minority populations disproportionately affected by Lupus.

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Día de la Mujer Latina honors Cesar Chavez Day with the Teen Promotores Program

March 30, 2016, Houston, Texas – Día de la Mujer Latina Inc. (DML), will honor Cesar Chavez Day with two exciting projects. Cesar Chavez (1927-1993), a Mexican-American labor leader learned about injustice at an early age, as with many young Latino immigrants today. Chavez became head of the United Farm Workers where he advocated, nonviolently, for the improvement of working and living conditions for farm workers in California, Texas, Arizona and Florida. President Barack Obama proclaimed March 31 “Cesar Chavez Day” as a day for service to community in addition to promoting educational programs.

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10 Days Left to Sign Up for Health Insurance

New public service announcement encourages San Antonio residents to call Navigators for free and confidential support to enroll in a health insurance plan.

January 21, 2016, Washington DC — “In just ten days, January 31, 2016, most residents of San Antonio must have health insurance or face new tax penalties,” said Dr. Jane L. Delgado, President and CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, the nation’s leading Hispanic health advocacy group. She added, “making a decision on health insurance is not easy and many are looking for help they can trust. Our bilingual Navigators are ready to help!.”

Contact: Guadalupe Cornejo • 210-685-6612,

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Dia de la Mujer Latina launches the Navigator Program in San Antonio

December 30, 2015, Houston, Texas & San Antonio, TexasAccording to the White House, the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) coverage provisions have provided 17.6 million Americans an opportunity to gain coverage, and, since 2010, the uninsured rate in this country has dropped by 45 percent.

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Día de la Mujer Latina successful 18 years of Community Engagement

October 28, 2015, Houston, Texas – On October 24, 2015, Día de la Mujer Latina Inc. (DML), together with an established Federally Qualified Health Center (CENTRAL CARE INTEGRATED HEALTH SERVICES) and a renowned Faith-Based Community Center (Fountain LifeCenter) joined in partnership to facilitate early detection to cancer, diabetes, HIV and Hypertension for our medically underserved communities at-risk. Together, we are committed to improving community engagement in research, Health Insurance Marketplace and patient-centered care.

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Día de la Mujer Latina Celebrates 18 years of Community Empowerment

May 10, 2015 — Houston, Texas — On May 10, 2015, Día de la Mujer Latina Inc. (DML), will celebrate its 18th birthday of empowering communities with its signature Health Fiestas, its national Promotores/Community Health Worker Training and its outreach in Latin America. Read full press release.


Dia de la Mujer Latina and SHARE/LatinaSHARE Celebrate Minority Health Awareness Day with the Screening of “No Evidence of Disease: The Movie” in New York City

March 18, 2015 — New York City — On April 23, 2015, during National Minority Health Awareness Month, Dia de la Mujer Latina, Inc., and SHARE/LatinaSHARE are proud to host a free screening of the Spanish-dubbed version of Spark Media’s “No Evidence of Disease: The Movie”—an award-winning documentary about the formation of N.E.D. the band (composed of six gynecologic oncologists), the science of gynecologic oncology, the art of healing, and the music and the sound of knowledge-based optimism. Prior to the screening, Dr. Harold P. Freeman, renowned pioneer on Patient Navigation and champion for health equity, will deliver the keynote address about the need for patient navigation from outreach to end of life care. The screening will be followed by a group discussion on gynecologic cancers and a Promotores Training on Patient Navigation. The event takes place from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Settlement Health Center at 212 East 106th Street (off Third Avenue) New York, NY 10029. Lunch will be provided. Read full press release.


Educating Latinas on Why Not all Breast Cancers are Curable

September 30, 2014 — Día de la Mujer Latina founder Venus Ginés has written the following guest post for Latina Lista:

“It’s a growing responsibility for all of us. As medicine and science advance, it is incumbent upon all of us to advocate for the health and well-being of all.

For the last 17 years, Día de la Mujer Latina* has worked to achieve that goal, especially for Latinas. Sadly, despite our efforts to improve access to preventive health care and becoming experts in “navigating” patients through socioeconomic and biological challenges, one area remains disheartening; the state of breast cancer and its toll on our communities.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the Texas Commission for Women will host a rally October 1 at the State Capitol to help educate women about breast cancer. Día de la Mujer Latina supports this effort as we all work to educate patients, healthcare workers and all about the risks, prevention and treatment for those who fall victim to breast cancer.” Read the full article here.


Día de la Mujer Latina prepares for the Celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Hispanic Heritage Month at Magnolia Multiservice Center

September 6, 2014, Houston, TX — Access to culturally proficient healthcare, communications with the provider, and delivery of services in the health care setting can be complicated if providers within the system have limited capacity to interact with patients with culturally and linguistically appropriate services. Because of the extent of racial/ethnic diversity in our city, the issues of cultural and linguistic competency are crucial. Read full press release.


Texas Premiere of  ” C – A Celebration of Life “

A new documentary featuring Houston’s own Día de la Mujer Latina founder Venus Ginés, gets it’s Texas debut in this years Worldfest Houston International Film and Video Festival. The film, designed to help cancer patients and their families, follows the journey from diagnosis through survivorship of one of today’s most dreaded diseases. There are 12 inspirational survivors, with ages spanning from late teens to a spunky 107 year old, that candidly relate the ups and downs of their experience and how it changed the direction of their lives. Mack Dryden, a professional comedian and a Testicular and Eye Cancer survivor, brings a warm and welcoming humor, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a Prostate Cancer survivor, shares wisdom and insight in his own very special way. One of the youngest in the film is Josh Sundquist, who lost his left leg to Bone Cancer, but went on to become a Paralympic Skier, best selling author, and a sought after motivational speaker. Barbara Hillary, after beating Lung Cancer, succeeded in becoming the first African American woman to reach both the North and South Poles. On track to becoming a lawyer when she was diagnosed with Breast Cancer, Venus then saw a need in the Latina community for a culturally specific cancer program and founded Día de la Mujer Latina, which has now spread to 39 cities across the U.S. The message from all of the survivors is one of hope, strength, and courage.

The film is showing on Saturday, April 12th at 3:00pm at the AMC Studio 30 Dunvale – 2949 Dunvale, Houston.

Tickets are available through the Worldfest-Houston Film Festival website.


The Central Care Community Center and Día de la Mujer Latina, Inc jointly announce the Launch of the Expanding the Role of Promotores/Community Health Workers in Advancing Health Equity Conference

March 31, 2014, Houston, TX — CEO Marcus Roland of Central Care Community Center and national Latina advocate, Venus Ginés, CEO Día de la Mujer Latina, have collaborated to present an innovative approach to help racial and ethnic minorities — and other underseDía de la Mujer Latinarved groups — reach their full health potential. With the integration of Community Health Workers (CHWs), also known as Promotores, Community Health Representatives, peer leaders, patient navigators or health advocates, they will receive the tools needed to convey information to their neighbors and other community members on health and wellness, navigating them to support services and access to health services. Both male and female, these respected, trustworthy community members have been trained and developed relationships in their neighborhoods to enable them to deliver one-on one health education and patient navigation. Read full press release

Día de la Mujer Latina Participates in Houston Event

February 13, 2014, Houston, TX — On Friday, February 14, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius will be joined by Representatives Gene Green (TX-29), Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18) and Al Green (TX-9), in making an announcement about enrollment and outreach in health coverage in the Houston area. Secretary Sebelius and Representatives Green, Jackson Lee and Green will also talk about the in-person assistance available in the Houston area thanks to partner organizations, like Dia de la Mujer Latina and Young Invincibles, and will hear from a local consumer who has signed up for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.  Read media advisory here.


Día de la Mujer Latina™ Presents Vignettes on the Affordable Care Act led by Promotores/CHWs

December 3, 2013, Houston, TX — Día de La Mujer Latina, Inc (DML) announced the launch of a series of video vignettes, developed by DML’s Promotores/Community Health Workers (CHWs) in an effort to provide a culturally meaningful tool to effectively explain the benefits afforded to Latinos by Obamacare. These teaching and learning video vignettes are short descriptive scenes depicting a personal experience or story and have been used widely in promoting discussion on health.  Read the full press release and view the video vignettes here.


AHRQ’s Videonovela “Aprende a Vivir” Helps Train Teen Community Health Workers in Texas

August 2013 – AHRQ’s three-episode Spanish-language videonovela on diabetes management, “Aprende a Vivir (Learn to Live),” was incorporated in a 6-week training course, “Living la Vida Healthier,” for the Texas Teen Promotores Program.

While most promotores, or community health workers, are adults, the concept of teen promotores was launched in 2011 with a focus on diabetes and obesity prevention. Health advocates and promotores receive training with culturally proficient resources on chronic diseases, infectious diseases, social diseases, and disaster preparedness—all health issues affecting the Latino/Hispanic community. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data show that from 2007 to 2009, after adjusting for population and age differences, nearly 12 percent of Latino/Hispanics age 20 years or older were diagnosed with diabetes. Read full article here.


Día de la Mujer Latina Announces the Texas -Wide Health Fiesta event Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month & Breast Cancer Awareness

August 5, 2013, Houston, TX – Día de La Mujer Latina, Inc (DML) announced its historical-7 cities Texas wide Health Fiestas – a celebration of the Latino culture with a special emphasis on breast cancer awareness among our Latinas in Houston, El Paso, Corpus Christi, McAllen/Edinburg, Austin, Dallas, Ft  Worth and San Antonio on October 12, 2013. Read full press release in English and Español.


Venus Ginés’ editorial featured in Houston Chronicle: Like it or not, part of Affordable Care Act coming to Texas

June 25, 2013 – “Significant portions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare” or the Affordable Care Act, are coming to Texas communities. To many of our underinsured or uninsured, this is somewhat complicated and disconcerting because the information is still not clear about how the programs work.

An important feature of this law is the insurance marketplace. So what is this, really?” Read full article.


Working Across Hispanic Communities to Lift More Families into the Middle Class

April 25, 2013 – Read complete article from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families’ website.


Over 800 Latinos attend the Día de la Mujer Latina health fiesta at Magnolia Multiservice Center

October 27, 2012 – Over 800 Latinos attended the Día de la Mujer Latina health fiesta at Magnolia Multiservice Center and received much needed medical screenings for cancer, diabetes, hypertension, and HIV. These services are usually unattainable in Houston’s increasing vulnerable Latino population due to fear and mistrust. Read full press release.


Venus Ginés and Dia de la Mujer Latina Featured on Univison Houston

October 24, 2012 – View video in Spanish.


Hispanic Heritage Month: Venus Ginés’ ‘Fiestas’ Saving Lives of Latinas

October 10, 2012 – While her notoriety may be under the radar, Ginés has done some of the most important work in the Latino community. Although Gines doesn’t know the exact number of lives she’s saved with her “Health Fiestas,”over 80,000 women have received free mammograms and cervical cancer screenings thanks to her organization Dia De La Mujer Latina.  Having won dozens of awards for her work with Latinas, including a couple from First Lady Michelle Obama, Gines has been instrumental in helping to define the term “Latino.”  View article on Fox News Latino.


Venus Ginés, CEO & Founder of Dia de la Mujer Latina Featured on Prepared Patient Forum

October 10, 2012 – Prepared Patient Forum interview with Venus Ginés of Dia de la Mujer Latina regarding Comparative Effectiveness Research: This is the fifth in a series of interviews between CFAH President and Founder Jessie Gruman and patient and consumer group leaders about their experiences with and attitudes toward comparative effectiveness research (CER).  View Prepared Patient blog post.


Venus Ginés, CEO & Founder of Dia de la Mujer Latina Featured on In the Face of Pain website

June 2012 – Venus Ginés is featured on In the Face of Pain website under “Voices of Hope: Inspiration & Encouragement.”   Read more and listen to the interview.


Día de la Mujer Latina Launches the 1st Train the Trainer Program for Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) consisting of Promotores/Community Health Workers

June 2, 2012, Houston, Texas – Dia de la Mujer Latina, Inc., graduated 27 Promotores/Community Health Worker Instructors from 8 cities throughout Texas to the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Train the Trainer Program, conducted in Spanish. The CERT concept was developed and implemented by the City of Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) in response to the Mexico earthquake in 1985.  Read full press release.


The Harold P. Freeman Institute for Patient Navigation and Día de la Mujer Latina Announce Partnership

April 13, 2012, Houston, Texas – As we celebrate National Minority Health Month, renowned surgeon and Healthcare Leader, Dr. Harold Freeman and national Latina advocate, Venus Ginés, agreed to partner in promoting a call to action and unity for a culturally competent healthcare system in the regions, state and local offices of minority health, community health centers, faith-based and community-based organizations, who are committed to reducing health disparities.  Read full press release.


Día de la Mujer Latina Launches its Quinceañera Celebration focusing on Cervical Cancer Awareness

January 12, 2012, Houston, Texas – Latina women have the highest mortality rate due to cervical cancer. Día de la Mujer Latina (DML) will be celebrating its 15th birthday of successful community intervention on beast and cervical cancer – its Quinceañera on January 21, 2012. To kick-off the milestones and in recognition of National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, DML will be offering free cervical cancer screening of (Pap Smears) in partnership with Methodist Hospital, College of American Pathologists and the City of Houston at our next Health Fiesta cultural event at Southwest MultiService Center, 6400 High Star, Houston TX, 77074 on Saturday, from 9am to 2pm.  Read full press release.


Día de la Mujer Latina launches the Texas Teen Promotores: Living La Vida Healthier

December 29, 2011, Houston, Texas – Día de la Mujer Latina, Inc., dedicated to reducing health disparities within the Latino Communities, proudly accepted the exciting task of creating a Teen Promotores Program with funding for Healthy Kids, Healthy Families, which is an initiative of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, operated by Health Care Service Corporation.  Read full press release.


Día de la Mujer Latina CEO /Founder, Venus Ginés is selected to serve as a member of the National Steering Committee for Promotores (as) de Salud/Community Health Workers (P/CHW).by U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health (OMH)

May 20, 2011 – Día de la Mujer Latina CEO/Founder, Venus Ginés has been honored to have been selected to serve as the Chair of the National Steering Committee for Promotores (as) de Salud/Community Health Workers (P/CHW). The Office of Minority Health in partnership with other US Department of Health and Human Services’ agencies is charged with developing and managing the National Steering Committee for Promotores de Salud/CHWs.  Read full press release.


HHS Announces Promotores de Salud Initiative

May 18, 2011 – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced an initiative to promote utilization of Promotores de Salud as a means of strengthening outreach and education on the availability of health services and insurance coverage to underserved Hispanic/Latino communities.  Read full press release.


Venus Ginés Appointed to APHA (American Public Health Association) Committee on Women’s Rights

May 11, 2011 – View letter.


Venus Ginés interviewed on CNN

January 2011 – View the video.


Venus Ginés speaks at the White House

October 2009 – View the video.